The New Issue: January/February 2015
What We Do in the Shadows
The January/February 2015 issue of FILM COMMENT leads off with our cover story: Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s hilarious documentary-style What We Do in the Shadows, an essential vampire film with a difference, and vive la différence—Jonathan Romney explains. Amy Taubin pinpoints the crushing import of Ava DuVernay’s Selma for our times. Michelle Orange dissects Force Majeure and other squirm-inducing work by Ruben Östlund, while Russian critic Anton Dolin is your guide to Aleksei German’s final, medieval-sci-fi film, Hard to Be a God, taking us to the point of no return. Plus: Molly Haskell on Still Alice, Chuck Stephens on Jill Banner, and reviews of Mommy, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year, Timbuktu, Wild Tales, and ’71. And don’t miss Jeff Berg’s look at the state of America’s (headline-grabbing) art-house theaters, complete with a state-by-state directory.
It’s also time for our essential year-end package, featuring the Top 20 released and unreleased films of 2014, Scott Eyman on how hunting down films has changed, Tony Rayns’s Terra Incognita list of contemporary Asian films, Personal Bests of the year from our contributors, David Filipi’s animation highlights, and, for our final trick, Howard Hampton tying together The Homesman and Only Lovers Left Alive.
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